Peter Dutton

Peter Craig Dutton (born 18 November 1970) is an Australian politician. He is a member of the Liberal Party and has served as Minister for Defence and Leader of the House in the Morrison Government since March 2021. He has been a member of cabinet since 2013 and represented the Queensland seat of Dickson since 2001.

Dutton grew up in Brisbane and worked for the Queensland Police for nearly a decade, also running a construction business with his father. He joined the Liberals as a teenager and was first elected to the House of Representatives at the 2001 federal election, aged 30. He held junior ministerial office in the Howard Government as Minister for Employment Participation (2004–2006) and Assistant Treasurer (2006–2007). After the Coalition's defeat at the 2007 election he was appointed to shadow cabinet, holding the health portfolio from 2008 onwards.

Following the 2013 federal election, Dutton served as Minister for Health (2013–2014), Sport (2013–2014), and Immigration and Border Protection (2014–2017) in the governments of Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull. In 2017, he was appointed Minister for Home Affairs, heading a new department with broad responsibilities. Seen as a leader of the party's conservative faction, Dutton unsuccessfully challenged Turnbull for the leadership in August 2018 and was then defeated by Scott Morrison in a second ballot days later. He retained the home affairs portfolio in the new government, taking on the defence portfolio in 2021 following a cabinet reshuffle. Provided by Wikipedia
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